Chokgyur Lingpa

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Chokgyur Lingpa. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

b.1829 – d.1870

Incarnations: Neten Chokling གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང།; Tsike Chokling རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང།
Tradition: Nyingma རྙིང་མ།
Historical Period: 19th Century ༡༩ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Katok ཀཿ་ཐོག།; Mindroling སྨིན་གྲོལ་གླིང།; Dorje Drak རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག།; Dzogchen Monastery རྫོགས་ཆེན་དགོན།; Neten Monastery གནས་བརྟན་དགོན།; Tsike རྩི་ཀེ།; Drigung Til འབྲི་གུང་མཐིལ།; Tsurpu Monastery མཚུར་ཕུ།; Samye བསམ་ཡས།; Dzongsar རྫོང་སར།; Karma Gon ཨརྨ་དགོན།; Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling དཔལ་མེ་ཐེག་ཆེན་ཨེ་བཾ་དགའ་ཚལ་གླིང།; Nangchen Gar ནང་ཆེན་གར།; Pelpung དཔལ་སྤུངས།; Tsadra Rinchen Drak ཙཱ་འདྲ་རིན་ཆེན་བྲག།; Dzongsho རྫོང་ཤོད།; Rongme Karmo Taktsang རོང་མེ་དཀར་མོ་སྟག་ཚང།; Namchen Drakkar གནམ་ཆེན་བྲག་དཀར།; Pema Shelpuk པདྨ་ཤེལ་ཕུག།
Clan: Kyasu སྐྱ་སུ།
Vocation: Treasure Revealers གཏེར་སྟོན།
Name Variants: Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ།; Kyasu Terton སྐྱ་སུ་གཏེར་སྟོན།; Orgyen Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa ཨོ་རྒྱན་མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ།

Chokgyur Lingpa (mchog gyur gling pa) was born at the base of the sacred mountain Namkhadzod (nam mkha’ mdzod) in Nangchen (nang chen) on the tenth day of either the sixth or the tenth month of the female earth ox year (August 9 or November 5, 1829). His father was a “mad mantrika” named Pema Wangchuk (padma dbang phyug) and his mother was a “straightforward woman” named Tsering Yangtso (tshe ring g.yang mtsho). His father was reputed to have been related to a minister in the Nangchen court named Acak Dru (a lcags ‘gru), the source, perhaps, of the claim that Chokgyur Lingpa was related to minor Nangchen royalty. The clan name was Kyasu (skya su). Kunzang Choktrul (kun bzang mchog spru, d.u.), the incarnation of the treasure revealer Mingyur Dorje (mi ‘gyur rdo rje, 1645-1667), gave the boy a name that is recorded as either Konchok Tendzin (dkon mchog bstan ‘dzin) or Norbu Tendzin (nor bu bstan ‘dzin) (konchok and norbu being near synonyms).

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Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling is a Drigung Kagyu monastery in Nangchen, Kham. It was founded in 1640. Photo sourced from Treasury of Lives.

By Chokgyur Lingpa’s own account he received numerous teachings and met several lamas in his youth. He entered the Drigung Kagyu monastery Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling (dpal me theg chen e vaM dga’ tshal gling) in Nangchen as a novice, and was given monk’s vows from the Eighth Pawo Tsulak Trengwa, Chokyi Gyelpo (dpa’ bo gtsug lag ‘phreng ba 08 chos kyi rgyal po, d.u.). At some point he transferred to the Drukpa Kagyu monastery at the capital, Nangchen Gar (nang chen gar), a move that has been explained as being in response to a local law stipulating that each family send one son to the royal monastery.

Chokgyur Lingpa’s early treasure revelations are recorded in multiple ambiguous and confused narratives. He himself wrote that before his thirteenth birthday he was visited by a vision of Padmasambhava, and that this was followed by “many unwanted and confusing apparitions,” some of them reportedly unintelligible, others apparently clear signs that he would reveal treasure. After he announced publicly that he would extract treasure from Namkhadzod, one of his early teachers, Ngedzin Pusiri (gnas ‘dzin pu si ri, d.u.) at Pelme monastery, specifically forbade him from doing so. Nevertheless, the first four of his treasure revelations date to this period, including one of his most successful, the Barche Kunsel (bar chad kun sel), said to have been revealed in October 1848 from Danyin Khala Rongo (zla nyin kha la rong sgo), when Chokgyur Lingpa was only nineteen years old.

Biographies of Chokgyur Lingpa report that his colleagues in Nangchen scorned him, rejecting his claims to be a treasure revealer, and in his autobiography he expresses considerable frustration at this inability to gain acceptance. The nickname by which he was known during this period, Kyasu Terton (skya su gter ston), might be rendered in English as “the so-called treasure revealer of the Kyasu clan.” Ultimately, when he was twenty-five Chokgyur Lingpa left Nangchen for Derge, in search of patrons who might legitimize his treasure-revealing status.

The biographies have it that Chokgyur Lingpa was expelled from his monastery, ostensibly for making mistakes during a ritual dance. But if he was in fact expelled, it is likely that it was due to his assertions that he was a treasure revealer, which possibly included his having taken a consort. Although this is nowhere explicit in the biographies, there is sufficient reason to believe that Chokgyur Lingpa began his relationship with his main consort, Dekyi Chodron (bde skyid chos sgron, c.1832-1887), who sources also name Dega Dechen Chodren (bde dga’ bde chen chos sgron), before he left Nangchen in 1853.

Little is known about Dekyi Chodron save that she was from Nangchen, the sister of Chokgyur Lingpa’s disciple, the treasure revealer Barwei Dorje (‘bar ba’i rdo rje, 1836-1920) and that she was the mother of two of Chokgyur Lingpa’s three children. The first child was his eldest son Wangchuk Dorje (dbang phyug rdo rje, d.u.), also known as Tsewang Drakpa (tshe dbang grags pa), who died at the age of twenty-four or twenty-seven sometime prior to 1892. The second of her children was Chokgyur Lingpa’s daughter Konchok Peldron (dkon mchog dpal sgron, d.u.), who lived to the age of seventy. Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son, Kunzang Jigme Tsewang Norbu (kun bzang ‘jigs med tshe dbang nor bu) was born to a niece of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (‘jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse’i dbang po, 1820-1892), in 1856. Thus Chokgyur Lingpa must have begun his relationship with Dekyi Chodron at least by the beginning of 1855 in order for her son to have been born before Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son. Because Chokgyur Lingpa was in Derge from 1853 to 1856, it is probable that Dekyi Chodron had gone with Chokgyur Lingpa when he left Nangchen for Derge, and that they had already begun their relationship.

An ambitious twenty-five-year-old in search of religious authorization in eighteenth-century Khams, Chokgyur Lingpa would easily have been drawn to Derge, the largest and most vibrant religious and political region in Khams. He went first to the great Kagyu monastery of Pelpung (dpal spungs), and was able to secure an audience with the Ninth Tai Situ, Pema Nyinche Wangpo (ta’i si tu 09 padma nyin byed dbang po, 1774-1853) in early 1853.

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Statue of King Trisong Detsen at Samye Monastery, Tibet. Photo: Erik Törner, flickr.com/IMsbildarkiv. Click on image to enlarge.

It would appear that Chokgyur Lingpa gained entrance by means of a treasure prophecy he presented to Tai Situ that, in effect, proclaimed that their meeting was predetermined. The prophesy Chokgyur Lingpa offered also contains perhaps the earliest claim that he was the reincarnation of Lhase Muruk Tsenpo (lha sras mu rug btsan po), a personage who was invented by later Tibetan histories as a son of the Tibetan emperor Tri Songdetsen (khri srong lde’u btsan, 742-796). This identification became standard to his hagiography.

Tai Situ declined to authenticate Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasures, but he did introduce him to Jamgon Kongtrul (‘jam mgon kong sprul, 1813-1899) and Dabzang Tulku Ngedon Tenpa Rabgye (zla bzang sprul sku nges don bstan pa rab rgyas, 1808-1864). Although neither Dabzang Tulku nor Jamgon Kongtrul affirmed Chokgyur Lingpa at that time, both later became important collaborators. At Pelpung in July 1853 both lamas gave him important vows, and so have come to be listed as Chokgyur Lingpa’s second and third master: Dabzang Tulku gave Chokgyur Lingpa the bodhisattva vow, and ‘Jam mgon Kong sprul gave him tantric vows.

Having failed to obtain authorization at Pelpung, Chokgyur Lingpa left at the beginning of 1854. He initially followed in Jamgon Kongtrul’s footsteps, arriving at Dagam Wangpuk (zla gam dbang phug), a cave in the Terlung (gter klung) Valley where Jamgon Kongtrul was practicing, and which is likely the treasure site also known as Namchen Drakkar (gnam chen brag dkar). Chokgyur Lingpa assisted in the cave’s consecration, and he recorded receiving his sole pure vision revelation, the Bima Lhadrub (bima lha sgrub), at that time.

Over the next two years, as Chokgyur Lingpa traversed the region between Derge and the Terlung Valley, he repeatedly came into contact with Khyentse Wangpo, meeting him three times at his monastery, Dzongsar (rdzong sar), between October 1853 and November 1855. Although the details are fairly confused, it is clear that Khyentse Wangpo ultimately embraced Chokgyur Lingpa as a close collaborator.

At the first encounter he gave Chokgyur Lingpa an empowerment from the Purba Yangsang Putri (phur pa yang gsang spu gri). It is not clear whether this meeting was in fact a personal audience or was part of a public empowerment. Either way, Chokgyur Lingpa’s first private meeting with Khyentse Wangpo was facilitated by Jamgon Kongtrul, who had dispatched Chokgyur Lingpa to the area to perform rituals for a patron. In a curious letter of introduction to Khyentse Wangpo that is preserved in several sources, Jamgon Kongtrul wrote that while the would-be treasure revealer had presented what he claimed were his revelations, he was leaving the matter of their authenticity to Khyentse Wangpo to decide.

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Jamgon Kongtrul. Click to view the full thangka. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Roughly a year later, in the beginning of 1855, Chokgyur Lingpa stayed with Khyentse Wangpo for a month, receiving further empowerments and teachings. Khyentse Wangpo recorded experiencing visions while performing the empowerments, notably of the Dzogchen protector Ekajati, who predicted that the two would soon reveal their mutual treasure, the Dzogchen De Sum (rdzogs chen sde gsum). A third meeting occurred in late 1855; Khyentse Wangpo reported that during an empowerment ceremony at that time he loosened the knots in Chokgyur Lingpa’s subtle body and bestowed on him his treasure name: Orgyen Drodul Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa (o rgyan ‘gro ‘dul mchog gyur bde chen zhig po gling pa).

In 1856 Chokgyur Lingpa returned to Nangchen, stopping over at Pelpung to visit with Jamgon Kongtrul. There he cured Jamgon Kongtrul of an eye disease that Chokgyur Lingpa linked to Jamgon Kongtrul’s previous incarnation of the imperial era translator Vimalamitra, an identification Chokgyur Lingpa might have been the first to assert. Dabzang Tulku accompanied Chokgyur Lingpa from there, acting as a sponsor when he reached the famous Kagyu monastery Karma Gon (karma dgon) and encountered the Fourteenth Karmapa, Tekchog Dorje (karma pa 14 theg mchog rdo rje, c.1798-c.1868). Over the course of the fire dragon year (early February 1856 to late February 1857) Chokgyur Lingpa visited three sites he would become closely linked to: Okmin Karma (‘og min karma) above Karma Gon; Namkhadzod in his home valley, near where he would later found Neten (gnas brtan) monastery; and Danyin Khala Rongo in the upper Dzachu (rdza chu) Valley, revealing treasure in the presence of witnesses at each site, including the Karmapa. These were the main treasure and supplementary material for the Zabpa Kor Dun (zab pa skor bdun), and additional revelations related to the Barche Kunsel, which are listed as caskets six, seven, and eight in Khyentse Wangpo’s enumeration.

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Pelpung is a major Karma Kagyu monastery in Derge, Kham. It was established in 1727 by the Eighth Tai Situ, Chokyi Jungne, on the site of an earlier Drigung Kagyu monastery. Photo sourced from Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

By the eleventh month of the fire dragon year, or January 1857, Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Dzongsar with Khyentse Wangpo. Over the next years the two of them together composed liturgies for the treasure cycles they had each revealed over the previous ten years, with Jamgon Kongtrul occasionally acting as scribe. In January 1857, the two opened a cave site that was to be Khyentse Wangpo’s main hermitage, Pema Shelpuk (padma shel phug). Although this was not the first time Chokgyur Lingpa was involved in a site consecration, it was his first “public revelation” (khrom gter), meaning that large crowds had gathered to witness, and it was the first for which he served in the official capacity of the treasure revealer – the man who produced the physical proof of Padmasambhava’s presence and thereby confirmed the sacred nature of the site. In that position Chokgyur Lingpa extracted two treasures, including the Dzogchen De Sum (rdzogs chen sde gsum) which had been foretold by the deity Ekajati two years earlier and was a revelation shared by Khyentse Wangpo.

From Dzongsar Chokgyur Lingpa next traveled to Pelpung to assist with the consecration of Jamgon Kongtrul’s hermitage, Tsadra Rinchen Drak (tsa ‘dra rin chen brag), in February 1857. His welcome there was in sharp contrast to his first arrival at Pelpung nearly five years earlier, which went virtually unnoticed and was followed by a series of disappointing rejections. Now, conches were blown, banners were hung, and flowers fell from the sky. As Jamgon Kongtrul recorded in his own autobiography, Chokgyur Lingpa gave him numerous empowerments from his treasure texts, a clear sign that Jamgon Kongtrul now viewed him as an authentic treasure revealer. This transition of status is marked by Jamgon Kongtrul’s use of language in his autobiography; prior to this event, Jamgon Kongtrul referred to Chokgyur Lingpa only as “Kyasu Terton,” indicating his hesitancy to affirm Chokgyur Lingpa’s authenticity.

As part of the process of consecrating Tsadra Chokgyur Lingpa announced that the place was one of twenty-five great sites in Khams, and he immediately walked up-valley to a site called Pawo Pukgi Wangchen Drak (dpa’ po phug gi dbang chen brag) to reveal a list of great sites in Khams. This was a treasure text titled “A Brief Inventory of the Great Sites of Tibet Composed by Padmasambhava, the Wise One of Oddiyana.” Item number twenty-three on the list of sites is Tsandra Rinchen Drak, the “mind-aspect of the Buddha attribute.” During the revelation of this, his eleventh treasure casket according to Khyentse Wangpo’s list, Chokgyur Lingpa also discussed with Padmasambhava whether Jamgon Kongtrul’s selections for the Rinchen Terdzod (rin chen gter mdzod) were appropriate or not (they were). When he returned, Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamgon Kongtrul completed the site’s consecration with the help of Khyentse Wangpo, who was on his way to Derge.

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Thangka of Chokgyur Lingpa (at the centre) accompanied by his hand and foot prints. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Chokgyur Lingpa joined Khyentse Wangpo and the two traveled together to the capital city to perform a medical sadhana, presumably for the royal family. They also opened a sacred site there, Dri Nyendong (‘bri gnyan sdong). This site is included as the site of the body-aspect of the buddha attributes on the recently revealed list of great sites. It is a small mountain that is visible from the royal palace, and is considered a protector of the kingdom. As part of its consecration Chokgyur Lingpa revealed a treasure, casket number twelve on Jamyang Khyentse’s list. Jamgon Kongtrul may or may not have been with them in Derge, but he did join them for the next site consecration of what appears to be a tour of great sites on the list. This was the activities-aspect of the buddha attributes, Sengchen Namdrag (seng chen gnam brag), which they consecrated with feast offerings, smoke purifications, and further treasure revelations, Chokgyur Lingpa’s thirteenth through seventeenth caskets, including texts, medicine, and relics. For at least some of the revelations the young King of Derge, Pelden Chime Tagpei Dorje (dpal ldan ‘chi med rtag pa’i rdo rje, 1840-1898?), joined the party as a witness.

Chokgyur Lingpa left Derge soon after the above revelations, traveling to nomadic regions across the Drichu (‘dri chu) from Derge and from there up to Nangchen, where he stayed at Okmin Karma for some time. He revealed several treasure caskets along the way and many during his stay in Nangchen, casket numbers eighteen through twenty-four; some of these were in the presence of the Fourteenth Karmapa. It was possibly during this extended stay that he established the first of his monastic seats, Tsike (rtsi ke), the seat of the Tsike, or Kela Chokgyur Lingpa line of incarnations. The monastery, located near Menda (sman mda’), in Chamdo (chab mdo) county, Tibet, derives its name from its location at the confluence of the Tsi (rtsi) and Ke rivers. The monastery later also became the main residence of Terse Tulku (gter sras sprul sku), the reincarnation line of Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son, Wangchuk Dorje.

In 1859 Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Derge, staying at Pelpung with Jamgon Kongtrul and Khyentse Wangpo. The early 1860s was a period of great activity by the famous triumvirate, still known today as the “Khyen Kong Chog De Sum (mkhyen kong mchog sde gsum)” The three worked together to reveal, decipher, and record treasure, and they traveled throughout the Derge kingdom in the service of the royal family, performing rituals to pacify and empower the landscape. At the beginning of the decade Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo went together to the capital, where they were welcomed in a manner befitting state chaplains. Joined by Jamgon Kongtrul there, they spent several days performing pacification rites and empowerments for the benefit of the kingdom, including the Nyingma Kama Minche (rnying ma bka’ ma smin byed) in addition to their own treasure cycles.

The three continued their service to the royal family the next year, with the declaration from Chokgyur Lingpa that a new monastery should be built in Tro Mandala (khro maNDala), a narrow valley between Derge city and the Trola (khro la) pass. According to the biographies, the three lamas performed a number of rituals at Tro Mandala, largely concerning the subjugation of the local deity.

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Padmasambhava. Click to see the full painting of Padmasambhava surrounded by his consorts Yeshe Tsogyel and Mandarava. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

Returning to the capital, Chokgyur Lingpa outlined his plans for building the temple to the Queen — probably Choying Zangmo (chos dbying bzang mo, 1815-1892), the widow of Damtsik Dorje (dam tshig rdo rje, 1811-1852) — and offered her a statue of Padmasambhava. The temple, Chokgyur Lingpa argued, was needed to prevent the onslaught of Gonpo Namgyel (mgon po rnam rgyal), the warlord from Nyarong (nyag rong) who was currently building his armies and expanding his territories. Unfortunately, the monks at the royal monastery, Lhundrub Teng (lhun grub theng) and the Derge steward, Tashi Gyatso (bkra shis rgya mtsho), refused the request, reportedly due to an unwillingness to allow the government to sponsor a new non-Sakya institution. Although there is currently a monastery at the site, it dates to the twelfth century, and was converted from Bon to Sakya in the 1880s; it would seem the three were not successful in building the new temple.

The three lamas returned to Pelpung to continue the building of Kongtrul hermitage. It was at this time that Chokgyur Lingpa revealed his gazetteer for the site, casket number twenty-four on Khyentse Wangpo’s list of his treasures. He also prophesized that a temple should be constructed there and he instituted a yearly vase ritual at the main monastery for its benefit. They were joined there by the Fourteenth Karmapa.

Following several more trips around the kingdom, Chokgyur Lingpa returned to Nangchen where he remained for the next three years, mostly in retreat at Okmin Karma. In 1864 he went over to Neten Gang (gnas brtan sgang) and Yegyel Namkhadzod (ye rgyal nam mkha’ mdzod). He extracted treasure (caskets twenty-six through twenty-nine) and performed various rites to consecrate the places, including feast offerings and purifications.

By early 1866 Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Derge where he resumed his peregrinations, giving treasure empowerments and consecrating local sacred sites on both sides of the Drichu River. He visited Pelpung and the capital during the summer. In the capital, which had recently suffered a long siege during the Nyagrong war, he joined Jamgon Kongtrul and Khyentse Wangpo in offering empowerments to the King and his ministers and to the general public, and they reconsecrated the Derge printing house, which had been desecrated by Gonpo Namgyel during his occupation of the town.

In November of 1866 Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo spent roughly two weeks consecrating a site called Rongme Chime Karmo Taktsang (rong me ’chi med dkar mo stag tshang), a cliff site in the valley directly to the east of Dzongsar. (The site is currently the long-term retreat hermitage for the Dzongsar monastic college.) The route to the site was a great circumambulation starting at the monastery and passing Pema Shelpug, where the two performed public rituals before proceeding on across a high pass and down into the Rongme (rong med) valley. According to a narrative of the event preserved both on the back of a painting and also in Chokgyur Lingpa’s autobiography, they arrived on November second with a host of attending monks. Their party gradually grew to include an audience of local farmers and herders and ultimately the King of Derge and his retinue.

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Pema Shelpuk, a hermitage and treasure site opened by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokyur Lingpa was destroyed in 1959 but has since been subsequently restored. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

The cave site is on the south-facing cliff between a high summer pasture and a long narrow forested valley. On the first few days they performed smoke offerings and oblations, and they surveyed the site, identifying a main meditation cave, a Guru cave, and a Yeshe Tsogyel cave. To access the caves, little more than slight indentations in the steep cliff-face, required ropes and ladders hewn from juniper trees. With a growing audience below, they used fire and axes to hack into the rock and enact the extraction of treasure objects. The Derge King arrived on November twelfth, and Jamgon Kongtrul came the following day and assisted them in their feast offerings and other public rituals. In the evening of the November sixteenth the entire party stayed awake into the night singing and dancing, and the royal family was shown the caves. The following day Chokgyur Lingpa revealed further treasure, which he displayed to the crowd, and gave a public empowerment ceremony.

On the 18th of November, 1866, the party, possibly including the King, went up the valley to a lake named Senggu Yumtso (seng rgod g.yu mtsho), the “Wild Lion Turquoise Lake,” almost 15,600 feet above sea level. In an often-repeated story of the days spent there, Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa did battle with a naga, forcing it to relinquish the treasure it guarded. Chokgyur Lingpa reported that he used a net made out of his robe to recover it, while other accounts have it that he failed in this endeavor, only retrieving the treasure box after Khyentse Wangpo had subjugated the naga, but not before Chokgyur Lingpa broke his rosary, scattering the beads all over the shore. Khyentse Wangpo enumerated the revelations at Rongme as caskets number thirty through thirty-two.

Khyentse Wangpo, and Jamgon Kongtrul then continued their activity together, with a retreat in Terlung and public empowerments of Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasure cycles. In late January, 1867, the three formally re-enthroned the King of Derge, presumably performing the reinvestiture to restore authority damaged by the Nyarong War, although this remains unclear. According to Jamgon Kongtrul, Chokgyur Lingpa composed an especially beautiful benediction for the ceremony, but the speech does is not preserved in any of the biographical sources. They circumambulated the town along the tops of the valley walls, and successfully performed a tummo practice, melting ice with the heat of their bodies. Chokgyur Lingpa further gave the King empowerments from his treasure cycles.

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Katok is a major Nyingma monastery in Derge that was founded in 1159 by Dampa Deshek. Said to be the oldest Nyingma monastery, it is known for its preservation of the Kama, or Spoken Word, tradition. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

Following the enthronements rites, the three lamas went to Katok (kaH thog) where they met with that monastery’s leading lamas, including the Second Getse Tulku, Tsewang Rigdzin Gyatso (dge rtse sprul sku 02 tshe dbang rig ‘dzin rgya mtsho, c.1830-c.1885), the Moktsa (rmog rtsa) and Zhingkyong (zhing skyong) Tulkus. Conflict arose around the seating arrangements, leading Jamgon Kongtrul to criticize the Katok patriarchs for their pride. Chokgyur Lingpa nevertheless performed consecrations and empowerments, including his Barche Kunsel, and received several transmissions from the monastery’s venerable Nyingma lamas.

In early 1867 Chokgyur Lingpa assisted with the consecration of Kongtrul’s second hermitage, Dzongsho Deshek Dupa Podrang (rdzong shod sde gshegs ‘du pa pho brang), high above the north bank of the Dzing River, which flows into the Drichu at Horpo. It was at this time that Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo invested Jamgon Kongtrul with his treasure name, Chime Tanyi Yungdrung Lingpa (‘chi med bstan gnyis g.yung drung gling pa) officially authorizing him to reveal treasure. Jamgon Kongtrul later identified Dzongsho as site number twenty, on the list of the great sites of Khams, the attributes-aspect of the buddha attributes. From Dzongsho Chokgyur Lingpa travelled up the Terlung valley and over to Yilhun (yi lhun) and to Dzogchen (rdzogs chen). He met with the Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje (rdzogs chen grub dbang 04 mi ‘gyur nam mkha’i rdo rje, 1793-1870), and where Chokgyur Lingpa revealed treasure, casket number thirty-six, at that monastery’s sacred site, Rudam Gangtro Dewachenpo (ru dam gangs khro bde ba chen po). The site figures as the main site of the buddha-attributes on Chokgyur Lingpa’s list of sacred sites of Kham. Supposedly also included in the casket was a gazetteer for the site.

Soon afterwards Chokgyur Lingpa embarked on a year-long trip to U-Tang. He visited Tsurpu (mtshur phu), Drigung (‘bri gung), and other major Kagyu monasteries, and performed frequent treasure empowerments. He was able to meet the Fourteenth Karmapa at Tsurpu, as well as the Ninth Pawo, Tsuklak Nyinche (dpa’ bo 09 gtsug lag nyin byed, d. 1911) and the Ninth Gyeltsab, Yeshe Zangpo (rgyal tshab 09 ye shes bzang po, 1821-1876). He visited Samye (bsam yas), Dorje Drak (rdo rje brag), and Mindroling (smin grol gling), and then returned to Khams. Back in Nangchen he established Neten, his second monastic seat, at Namkha Dzod. The monastery is the seat of the Neten Chokling line of his incarnations.

Chokgyur Lingpa passed away soon after, in 1870, at Neten, while planning a trip to Bhutan. His body was placed in a reliquary, where it remained until its destruction during the Cultural Revolution.

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Handprints of Chokgyur Lingpa. Image credit: himalayanart.org

 

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Teachers

  • The Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje རྫོགས་ཆེན་གྲུབ་དབང ༠༤ མི་འགྱུར་ནམ་མཁའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1793 – d.1870
  • The Fourteenth Karmapa, Tekchok Dorje ཀརྨ་པ ༡༤ ཐེག་མཆོག་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1798? – d.1868?

 

Students

  • bkra shis ‘od zer བཀྲ་ཤིས་འོད་ཟེར། b.1836 – d.1910
  • Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo འཇམ་དབྱངས་མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་དབང་པོ། b.1820 – d.1892
  • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོན་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། b.1813 – d.1899
  • ngag dbang ‘od zer ངག་དབང་འོད་ཟེར།
  • The Second Lingla, Tubten Nyinje Gyeltsen གླིང་བླ ༠༢ ཐུབ་བསྟན་ཉིན་བྱེད་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.19th cent. – d.19th cent.
  • pad+ma ‘phrin las snying po པདྨ་འཕྲིན་ལས་སྙིང་པོ།
  • Sonam Gelek བསོད་ནམས་དགེ་ལེགས། b.1817
  • The Fifth Shechen Rabjam, Pema Tekchok Tenpai Gyeltsen ཞེ་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས ༠༥ པདྨ་ཐེག་མཆོག་བསྟན་པའི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1864 – d.1909
  • Ayu Khandro Dorje Peldron ཨ་གཡུ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་རྡོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་སྒྲོན། b.1839 – d.1953

 

Subsequent Incarnations

  • mi ‘gyur bde ba’i rdo rje མི་འགྱུར་བདེ་བའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1953
  • The Second Tsike Chokling, Konchok Gyurme རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༢ དཀོན་མཆོག་འགྱུར་མེད། b.1871 – d.1939
  • The Second Neten Chokling, Ngedon Drubpai Dorje གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༢ ངེས་དོན་གྲུབ་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1873 – d.1927
  • The Third Neten Chokling, Pema Gyurme གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༣ པདམ་འགྱུར་མེད། b.1927 – d.1972
  • The Third Tsike Chokling ༠༣ རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༣། b.1940 – d.1952
  • The Fourth Tsike Chokling ༠༤ རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༤། b.1953 – d.2010
  • The Fourth Neten Chokling, Gyurme Dorje གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༤ འགྱུར་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1973

 

Bibliography

  • Doctor, Andreas. 2005. Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism. Ithica: Snow Lion.
  • Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche. 1990. The Life and Teachings of Chokgyur Lingpa. Tulku Jigmey Khyentse and Erik Pema Kunsang, trans. Kathmandu: Rangjung Yeshe Publications.
  • Gardner, Alexander. 2006. “The twenty-five great sites of Khams: Religious geography, revelation, and nonsectarianism in ninetheenth-century eastern Tibet.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan.
  • Anonymous. Gter chen Mchog gyur gling pa’i zab bdun gter mdzod bzhes ba’i tshul lo rgyus ngo tshar lnga ldan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 12, 341-362.
  • Dkon mchog ’gyur med bstan pa’i rgyal mtshan. 1921. Gter chen mchog gyur bde chen gling pa’i rnam thar bkra shis dbyangs kyi yan lag gsal byed. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 38, 1-629. Also published as Dkon mchog ’gyur med. 2002. Chokgyur Lingpa rnam thar bkra shis dbyangs bsnyan. Hong Kong: Zhang gang then mi dpe skrun khang. References are made to the Bhutanese edition.
  • Mchog gyur bde chen gling pa. 1865-1867. Sprul pa’i gter ston chen mo’i rnam thar gyi sa bon zhal gsung ma dang gter ’byung ’ga’ zhig bel gtam sna tshogs bcas phyogs bsdom rgyal bstan nyin bye ’og snang bes. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 36, 175-230.
  • ‘Jam dbyangs Khyentse Wangpo. Gter chen rnam thar las ’phros pa’i dris lan bkra shis dbyangs snyan bskul ba’i dri bzhon. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 15-52.
  • Padma ye shes. Gter chen mchog gyur gling pa’i thun mong phyi’i rnam thar bkra shis skye ba lnga pa’i dbyangs snyan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 81-153.
  • Padma ye shes. Rje gter chen bla ma dbus phebs skor gyi lam yig mdor bsdus bkra shis dpyid kyi rgyal mo’i dbyangs snyan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 155-184.

Source: Alexander Gardner, “Chokgyur Lingpa,” Treasury of Lives, accessed June 19, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Chokgyur-Lingpa/8181.

 


 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Chokgyur Lingpa was the final reincarnation of Prince Murub Tsenpo, second son of the Dharma king Trisong Detsen. He was a regarded as one of the major treasure revealer in Tibetan history. Chokgyur Lingpa was someone who the majority of masters accepted upon simply hearing his name and connecting with his teachings. Interesting read of how he travelled tremendously to hunt for treasures. Together with these Dharma treasures he also revealed sacred substances and innumerable most amazing representations of Body, speech, and mind. He was an unprecedented lord of a treasury of secrets.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Samfoonheei on Dec 31, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Chokgyur Lingpa was a Tibetan monk and treasure revealer, is regarded as one of the major treasure revealer in Tibetan history. As a youth, Chokgyur Lingpa through the vision of Guru Padmasambhava discovered amazing treasures or termas which is called. Guru Padmasambhava had predicted that he would remain unrecognized and unknown until the age of twenty-five. True enough in the later years he discovered many important ancient texts or termas. Incredible his termas are widely practiced by both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools as to this day. Some of those termas were kept in monasteries. With the discovering of many other amazing treasures or termas , leading him to be recognised and known by the people. His attendants and disciples soon increased. Many miraculous and auspicious sign appeared during those discoveries. Chokgyur Lingpa as a great lama in his later years, giving teachings , performing ceremonies, empowerments and reading transmissions as he traveled tremendously .Not only that more discoveries of termas along the way he goes. By then everyone considered him Guru Rinpoche in person and as he brought great benefit to others.
    Very interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Samfoonheei on Sep 29, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Chokgyur Lingpa was born at in Nangchen . He was said to be the reincarnation of Prince Murub Tsenpo, second son of the Dharma king Trisong Detsen. At a young age he did received numerous teachings and met several lamas. He was a treasure revealer and contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul. Regarded as one of the major tertöns in Tibetan history. Very interesting life stories of a great treasure extractor during his life. Together with Khyentse Wangpo they had extracted many treasures and performed various rites to consecrate the places, including feast offerings and purifications. Chokgyur Lingpa revealed further treasure, which he displayed to the crowd, and gave a public empowerment ceremony. He was considered as one of the most prolific treasure revealers of the nineteenth century.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post of a great master.

  4. Anne Ong on Jun 29, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Quite an interesting write up, but a bit complicated to understand what is it about? What is the treasure casket and Buddha attributes? Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing this article.?

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    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
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    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:02 PM
    In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, monastic vows are for life. But somehow Ci’en temple in Zhejiang province offers three-month course and part-time vows recently. Situated in the luxurious forest, Ci’en temple a small temple remains its charm with impressive landscape and Buddhist culture. The Buddhist temple decided to offer admission to civilians who wanted to experience a monk’s life, only to be overwhelmed with applicants. It’s a small temple , hence only those were interested in Buddhism were given a chance. Participants of the program will live as monks in the temple free of charge. They will learn about Buddhist culture, read its scriptures and will also perform all Buddhist activities as arranged. It’s a good training ground to live as a monk or nun to cultivate minds.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Shin for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/ven-longlian-modern-chinas-most-outstanding-bhiksuni.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Aug 7. 2022 03:00 PM
    Ditsa Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Gelug sect in the Huzhu County of Qinghai province. Interesting history of this Ditsa Monastery, been shared . How the reincarnated Lama’s body has shrunk into an incorruptible adamantine body. Nobody at the monastery has realised that the reincarnated Lama was a Great Bodhisattva who came to the world for all sentient beings, but as ordinary people. Its only after the Lama had passed away. Since then the monks in Ditsa Monastery became more serious in their practice and maintained pure moral discipline. Reading this post has gave me a better understanding of that Bodhisattvas come into the world with a variety of manifestations as explained by Rinpoche. Set as a reminder to devote ourselves to our teacher with sincerity and respect and everyone we encounter.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-miraculous-vajrayogini-of-ditsa-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:19 PM
    Lama Ole Nydahl is a Buddhist teacher and author in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage. After years of studying Buddhist teachings and meditating , he was ask to go back to the West set up Buddhist centers. He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. As advice by his teacher the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje whom he met at Kathmandu, Nepal he founded the first Buddhist center in the west. Had studied and took many more initiations under many highly attained Lamas such as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Ogyen Tulku Rinpoche and so on.He was also the founder of over 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Since then, he has travelled worldwide giving lectures, leading meditation courses and guiding Buddhist centers . Lama Ole is the author of several books and is one of the best known western Buddhist teachers. Through his activities the Karma Kagyu lineage is one of the most popular Buddhist traditions in the West. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from highest Tibetan masters and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Interesting biography .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor David for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/lama-ole-nydahl.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:18 PM
    Meditation on death awareness is one of the oldest practices in all Buddhist traditions. Buddhist meditation practice of remembering that death can strike at anytime and anywhere. We should practice diligently and with urgency in every moment, even in the time it takes to draw one breath. Over the centuries Buddhism has evolved many different techniques such as mindfulness, loving-kindness and visualisation. Death awareness can serve as a real aid to practice, the importance of using every moment wisely, while we still have the time.
    Reading this article again to refresh , it’s a profound teachings one should read and understand it what is all about. All it take us 10 minutes of our time to do the practice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this profound teachings.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/ten-minutes.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 4. 2022 12:15 PM
    So blessing seeing all those beautiful Tara at Kechara . Walking through the Tara walk feeling the calmness as if we are walking into the wilderness of a forest . One will surely feels it , all due the kindness of our Lama Tsem Rinpoche , sponsors and those involved in this meritorious project.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/21-taras-of-tara-walk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:33 PM
    n Buddhism, there are a variety of attitudes towards different forms of fasting . According to Buddhist tradition, Buddha’s holy form as the ‘Fasting Buddha’ serves as a reminder for us and inspiration of Buddha’s difficult journey to achieve enlightenment. Fasting Buddha Shakyamuni fasted for forty-nine days under the bodhi tree while subjecting his body to extreme conditions to achieve enlightenment. Although it is believed that the Buddha endured great agony because of prolonged fasting, he never gave up and had used the challenges to justify abandoning his spiritual pursuit. Interesting read. Looking at all those images of Fasting Buddha tells all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing ….a reminder all of us nor matter what happen , never give up in our spiritual journey.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/fasting-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:32 PM
    Reading this again, its worth as great teachings by great Masters and looking at those rare pictures is a blessings. More over listening the powerful Holy voices of HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche is indeed rare and precious. Merely by hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s voices and teachings is a blessings too. For everyone at the hall understands all about the Dharma Protector after hearing HH Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s explanations. The truth is the truth and it cannot be wrong. Interesting read with precious pictures tell us a thousands words. Kyabje Zong Rinpoche’s advice on Dorje Shugden’s Practice with Chinese, Japanese, Nepali and Spanish subtitles is incredible so many more people will come to know the thruth.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/kyabje-zong-rinpoches-advice-on-dorje-shugdens-practice.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Aug 1. 2022 02:30 PM
    They always say time changes things, yes true enough time has changed the view of many regarding the Dorje Shugden controversy. Finally we are allowed to practise Dorje Shugden. HH Dalai Lama was at Bodhgaya said that if people wish to practise Dorje Shugden would be fine for them. Great news indeed. H H Dalai Lama had said openly about Dorje Shugden .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/we-thank-his-holiness-the-dalai-lama.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:58 PM
    Wow…. Very special indeed seeing this Vajrayogini statue given to our Lama H E Tsem Rinpoche by a young Malaysian in Bodhgaya, India. More ever given at the most sacred place, under the sacred Bodhi tree. That’s wonderful and it was later consecrated by Kensur Rinpoche of Gaden Monastery. Hence this Vajrayogini statue is very blessed and special . Merely looking at this special Vajrayogini statue is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/bodhi-tree-vajra-yogini.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Pictures of His Holiness 16th Karmapa with His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche tells a thousand words. Karmapa is Chenresik , while Trijang Rinpoche is Vajra Yogini. This is a true display of spirituality of two greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. They are really close together and have a good relationship just for benefit of beings regardless of the traditions they belong as such as Gelupa or Karmapa. Together they even cross incarnation each other, working together for the growth of Dharma. We are fortunate to see this rare photo of this Great Dharma Master.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/mind-blowing-connections-between-two-high-lamas.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 28. 2022 01:56 PM
    Venerable Geshe Thupten a Tibetan great scholars and master from the Gelug tradition and was one of the pioneers who founded Tibetan schools in exile. He has upheld the lineage of Lord Buddha’s liberating teachings as well as continued his practice of Dorje Shugden. The Supreme Path to the Trikaya, text of quintessential Dharma was written by Geshe Thupten Lama. In the texts a very detailed explanations on the practice of the Six Paramitas or the Six Perfections, and other beneficial Dharma treasures was written. Geshe Thupten Lama has worked tirelessly for the Tibetan government in exile yet labelled as a spy. All because he has written a letter to HH Dalai Lama and expressing his view openly regarding the practice of Dorje Shugden. Reading this again more understandings and truth revealed. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-supreme-path-to-the-trikaya.html

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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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    3 yearss ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    3 yearss ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
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    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    3 yearss ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    3 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    3 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    3 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    4 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    4 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    4 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    4 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    4 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    4 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    4 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
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    5 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    5 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    5 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    5 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    5 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    5 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    5 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    5 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    5 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    5 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    5 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    5 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this where Rinpoche received the thangkha of Dream Manjushri?
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Is this the ruins of Zimkhang Gongma established by Panchen Sonam Drakpa. -Choong
We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
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We hold our DS puja weekly without fail. We welcome you to join us. Penang DS puja @ 3pm~ by Jacinta
DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
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DS PUJA @ Penang. A close up of the offerings. What a feast! #Throwback 23/7/2022.
#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback 23/7/2022. Our weekly DS puja attendees. All of us were getting ready to invite Buddhas to come forth, joining and blessing us during DS puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
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#Throwback23/7/2022 Welcoming Buddha Shakyamuni, Gyenze, Shize & Namgyalma to Penang chapel. Abundance offerings, including sensory offerings were nicely set up and offered up to Buddha surfing our weekly DS puja @ 3pm, Jalan Seang Tek, Penang ~by Jacinta
Kechara Earth Project 17 July 2022
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Kechara Earth Project 12 June 2022
#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
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#Throwback. Visitation of Ven. Zawa Tulku Rinpoche and Ven. Geshe Jangchup Gyaltsen to Kechara Penang Chapel on 17/5/2022. We did a short prayers together. Really happy for the short visit. Kechara Penang Study Group~ by Jacinta
Photo from JC
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Photo from JC
Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to WE-fie. Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
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Trying to "WE-fie". Do we get that just alright, lol? Come and join us next time at Jalan Seang Tek, Kechara Penang Chapel. Celebrate Wesak with us ~ by Jacinta
Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
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Celebrated Wesak Day 2022 in Penang, with a group of fun, committed, helpful and also devoted friends & family. Kechara Penang Study Group 15/5/2022 ~by Jacinta
Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Vesak Day 2022 - Bird liberation. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
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All attendees are paying homage to Rinpoche and Buddhas before the start of our weekly Dorje Shugden puja. Outwardly, it seems that Dorje Shugden helps practitioners overcoming their obstacles and problems but ultimately Dorje Shugden’s supreme purpose is to help practitioners on their path to Enlightenment. Do join in our weekly DS puja, every Saturday @3 pm at Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. ~by Jacinta
All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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All of us are practicing on how to properly use dorje(Vajra), bell and damaru ~ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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After inviting Dorje Shugden Wangze, Pastor Seng Piow teaches us how to use ritual objects and the full set of prayer accompanying it. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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With great happiness, merits and excitement that Penang Group have invited Buddha Wangzey to Penang chapel, complete with full rituals and prayer. 30th April 2022 Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
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Come and get your blessing from Lama Tsongkhapa and Dorje Shugden in Penang @ Jalan Seang Tek ~ by Jacinta.
Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Special thanks to one of our dedicated Penang group members, Choong for superb tormas. Swift Return Puja @ every Saturday, 3pm. Do contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
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Thanks to William for being the Umze for Swift Return Puja at Penang Centre. ~ by Jacinta
The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
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The members of Kechara Penang Study Group are offering serkym to Dorje Shugden and His entourage. There's puja every Saturday @ 3 pm at Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek. All are welcome. ~by Jacinta
We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
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We are in the third week of Ramadan this year, and kind volunteers have never failed to feed people in need since Tengku Zatashah started this meaningful #zerofoodwastage initiative in 2016. The aim is to benefit the underprivileged with nice surplus food collected from Ramadan buffets. Every night during the month of Ramadan, volunteers collect surplus cooked food from hotels and distribute it to charity homes and low-income families. THANK YOU, Tengku, dedicated volunteers and hotel partners, for making this Ramadan special for the underprivileged. #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment - KSK @ Vivian
We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
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We were chanting Migsetma mantra at the time this picture was taken. Thanks to all our Penang members who are very committed to attend Swift Return puja weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group, every Saturday @ 3pm. ~by Jacinta
William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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William, who is our leader/ Umze is cleaning the pantry and Gordon offered up 4 carton of packet drinks today. We cannot thank you enough for all kind hearted who sponsored various offerings weekly. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
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Siew Hong came with a basket of fruits while Choong, who is expert in baking offered tormas today for our Swift Return Puja. Kechara Penang Study Group ~by Jacinta
Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Dedicated sisters, Sharyn and Swee Bee. They always make sure our puja offerings, especially fruits are arranged nicely. Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
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Committed and hardworking Kechara Penang members, Mr. Tang and Mr. Huey. Really appreciate having you both at our weekly puja . Kechara Penang Study Group ~ by Jacinta
KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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KSK medic personnel have been tending to the needs of the clients every week. Their consistent kindness helps improve the medical welfare of those without a home. Thank you for serving and making them your priority on your weekends. #medicteam #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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In the midst of chaos, let's start healing. We have Dorje Shugden Puja every Saturday @ 3 pm. Contact William for more info. Kechara Penang Study Group. ~ by Jacinta.
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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Pastor is in da' house!!!! Kechara Penang Study Group @ Saturday, 3 pm. Contact William for more info ~ by Jacinta
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
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After Dorje Shugden puja @Penang Chapel, Jalan Seang Tek, members went to a nearby vegetarian shop for gathering. #CNY2022 #HappyReunion by Jacinta.
In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
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In 2021, we've encountered far too many challenges—Pandemic, months-long lockdown, landslide, and flood. We are proud to witness Malaysians helping one another as these agonies come sequentially. Looking back to 2021, Kechara Soup Kitchen has made significant progress, with more to come in 2022. Every year, we move a little closer to our vision. We are immensely thankful to have such dedicated teams of volunteers willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Not to mention our sponsors and donors; none of this would have been possible without you. Thank you. Thank you for being you. Thank you for helping the underprivileged to a better future. Have a blessed year ahead from our hearts to your hearts. #2022 #newyear #kecharasoupkitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment
Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Ipoh members were taking turns to offer Serkym and lights to Dorje Shugden. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh members were preparing for Dorje Shugden puja. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Dorje Shugden puja in Ipoh on 4th Dec 2021. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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Jun, our new Ipoh member, offered lights to Lama Tsongkhapa, Dorje Shugden & The Three Jewels. So Kin Hoe (KISG)
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